Dec 6, 2017, 6:52 AM ET

Atlanta mayoral candidate demands recount after losing by razor-thin margin


Atlanta voters delivered a near tie in the city's mayoral contest on Tuesday, making the runoff race too close to call.

Candidate Keisha Bottoms, a Democrat, declared herself the winner of the race early Wednesday morning, while her opponent, Mary Norwood, an independent, requested a recount.

Both candidates are members of Atlanta’s City Council.

Mary NorwoodThe Associated Press
Mary Norwood

Bottoms led the race by a margin of less than 1 percent, which is the threshold where the second-place finisher may request a recount under state law, according to The Associated Press. Just over 92,000 people voted in Tuesday's runoff, which was held after no candidate received an absolute majority in November's election. Bottoms led the general election, 26 percent to 21 percent.

The Associated Press declared the runoff too close to call just after midnight.

Keisha Lance BottomsThe Associated Press
Keisha Lance Bottoms

"It's not over yet," Norwood told supporters, noting that she trailed Bottoms by just 759 votes. "We will be asking for a recount.

"We will be here until every vote is counted and we know what happens," she added.

Meanwhile, Bottoms, 47, celebrated a victory alongside outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed — who backed her run — as she spoke to supporters.

"I am just in awe of what God is able to do," Bottoms said. "I'm so honored to be your 60th mayor."

Mary NorwoodThe Associated Press
Mary Norwood

"This is about Atlanta. And what we said from Day One is that this is about what we hope this city can be for our children's children," she added.

If chosen, Norwood, 65, would be the city's first white mayor since 1974. The city hasn't had a female mayor since 2010.

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  • roastytoasty

    The best way to see Atlanta anymore is in the wee hours of the morning from the seat of a car traveling at a high rate of speed on the freeway through the city. Don't stop for anything or anyone. Run for your life

  • Hunter

    Oh, looky here...I'm sure that Bottoms will turn Atlanta into Baltimore in less than a year if she isn't thrown out. It's what they do.

  • Thirdone

    Whichever one is elected will claim to have won by a landslide.. and national news will claim it was a referendum on Trump... or similar divisive words.

  • Dicazi

    So much for those who say your vote doesn't count.
    Such a close race.

  • Osaretin Orobor

    There is no paper trail in Georgia's elections, asking for a recount is absolute nonsense. Any decision that overrides the first results ,is an act of manipulation and fraud.

  • snake

    Atlanta will be OK with either candidate as mayor.

  • TexasVulcan

    Almost time to quit talking about the race and the sex of politicians.

  • bflogayle

    Bottoms comes out tops! At least for now....